Statement on systemic racism from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
June 4, 2020
The tragic and divisive events taking place in our country touch all of us and hinder progress on essential goals of social and environmental stewardship. It is a cold truth that systemic racism, bias, and social injustice persist throughout our communities, our nation, and the world. As an institute committed to better understanding and protecting our ocean and climate, we believe that, unless issues of inequality are addressed, it will be impossible to live sustainably.
It is important to pause and acknowledge all victims of racial injustice. We stand in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones and seen their communities traumatized.
It is equally important to recognize that we have work to do, and that we must—as an institution founded on principles of partnership and equity—commit to action. At MBARI, this commitment begins in our workplace. We hold as a core value that all are treated with respect and dignity. We welcome diversity and understand that it makes our community stronger and richer.
As we navigate the months ahead, recent events will underscore our continuing efforts to forge a more diverse and inclusive community and culture. Only by striving to work together to build a space where everyone feels safe and respected, and where their voices matter, will we achieve a more just, equitable and sustainable future.
Chris Scholin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Au, Director of Engineering Development
Jim Barry, Science Chair
Heidi Cullen, Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Mike Kelly, Director of Marine Operations
Basilio Martinez, Chief Financial Officer
Norm Steinberg, Director of Human Resources
Statement from Julie Packard, Executive Director of our education and conservation partner, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Statement from Craig Neyman, Interim CEO of the Packard Foundation.
Statements and links to resources from other science institutions:
- American Meteorological Society
- AGU Diversity and Inclusion
- National Academies issue recommendations on mentoring to improve diversity & inclusion
Resources on systemic racism in society, STEM, and academia
Diversity and inclusion in STEMM (The National Academies)
Racism in academia (#shutdownstem)
Articles on diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine science:
- No progress on diversity in 40 years
- Woods Hole Science Institutions stung by Diversity Report: ‘Preponderance of overt racism’
- Minorities in marine biology: The dearth of Black professors
- How to make oceanography less racist
- The Diversity Project: Educational and research opportunities for underrepresented students
- Narrowing the diversity gap in marine science
- Strategies for increasing diversity in the ocean science workforce through mentoring
- Diversity and inclusion in conservation: A proposal for a marine diversity network
- Disciplinary diversity in marine sciences: the urgent case for an integration of research
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (free on Amazon during June)